How to Build a Yamaha R1 in 5 Hours

Building an R1 race bike in 5 hours in your garage seems like more than mission impossible. Well, it really is impossible if you're just an Average Joe, but when the t-shirts of your mechanics read Monster Energy Graves Yamaha, things are different.
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Photo: Yamaha (You Tube)
Here's a nifty timelapse video posted by Yamaha Motor USA, showing the Graves technicians literally building a bike from the frame up in under 5 hours. Starting with the frame and swingarm, the bike is quickly being assembled with clockwork precision.

In fact the success of a race may at times, depend on how swift these amazing guys are, especially when they have to return a bike wrecked in practice to full running condition in a very short time. Often overlooked, technicians are a very important part of the big racing mechanism. In the end, riders darting ahead with speeds exceeding 250 km/h (155 mph) are trusting their success and lives in the hands of the mechanics, aren't they?

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